Well, the old laptop has been a gem and a stable unit; but it was born in July of 2003 and is now ready for retirement.
I have started my short list of things to do and/or think about regarding file transfers from the old laptop to the new unit, including the existing printer and scanner, both of which are stand alone units.
The Windows OS is now XP, and a new laptop will be Windows again....Windows 7.
---I have a Targus data transfer unit via UBS that should allow the transfer of most programs and/or data files I choose to move to the new laptop. I know there will likely be some conflicts with some programs or files that were happy with XP, and will not be happy with Windows 7. Not unlike most here, we often use the common programs one needs: Flash, PDF and some of the Windows Office type programs, etc.
---Printer and Scanner: I would prefer to keep these two pieces in place; as they do the job. I will, be have not yet checked to find whether I will be able to perform driver updates and/or firmware updates so that they may operate with Windows 7. Hope, Hope....................as I don't really want to spend extra monies for either of these units that are functioning properly.
---The old laptop has Windows XP Office Pro for the Word, Excel and related programs within this bundle. I don't plan to buy this package; but will likely go with OpenOffice. I do recall some of the problems encountered by some folks with removal of the "trial" versions pre-installed on Windows Vista pc's. I will just have to deal with this as needed.
---'Course, there will be the cable modem setup and related; but I have done this before and should be able to stumble through all of this during the transition period. Actually, I have not checked; but some or all of this may be "automated" via the Windows programs.
I reflect back on the early days of busy phone line circuits at peak hours when trying to get online. Wow, the first pc came with the standard 28.8k phone modem........then the modem was bumped up to 56k speed. Amazing ! I recall reworking a modem stream program to get a little extra speed. I miss the sound of the dialup and that wonderful hum and buzz of the data stream.
NOTE: We have any number of local stores from which to choose the new laptop, so this will not limit our choices; except that we know we may find what we need in the $600-$700 range.
Anyway..........just a few quick thoughts from my end.
What other considerations might I have missed for this conversion ???
Thank you in advance for your additional thoughts and effort.